Clinton takes aim at sex, violence in video games

U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to introduce legislation to help keep video games with pornographic and violent content out of the hands of children in the wake of a controversy over the popular “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” video game.
Source: MacCentral

If you think Matt and I beat this to a pulp, then why are there 30 comments to this on a Mac based news site?

My favorite comment comes from macFanDave:

She ought to spend her time preparing articles of impeachment against George W. Bush.

Even if they go nowhere, I am sure they will be fun for her to write and for us to read!

Off topic for sure, but funny none the less. You have to admit, this entire debacle is getting laughable.

I have a great idea. Lets put a V-Chip into all the video game consoles sold. Then see if the parents can figure out how to use it. Once they do, then the problem is solved. Parents could block games by title or by ERSB rating.

I have said it before, and I will say it again: This is not the job of our government, it is the job of the parents/guardians.

I think this graph from a GameSpot article sums things up very nicely:

Given that the minigame is about as raunchy as an episode of Sex and the City, cannot be accessed without entering a long string of cheat codes, and takes several hours of effort to access, charges that San Andreas is "pornographic" may seem extreme to some. However, its existence does appear to contradict Rockstar Games' carefully worded statement blaming hacker mischief for the existence of the Hot Coffee mod.

Comments (3)

The Xbox already has parental controls for both DVDs and games. Another reason fining retailers is absurb.

I love this comment in her letter:

We should all be deeply disturbed that a game which now permits the simulation of lewd sexual acts in an interactive format with highly realistic graphics has fallen into the hands of young people across the country.

Apparently, highly realistic graphics must mean a fully clothed guy, minus a penis, dry humping a chick with no genatalia either. Pure brilliance Hillary, pure brilliance.

Parents face an uphill battle just understanding the ratings system

How is it they understand the MPAA, but not the ESRB?

*sigh* There's an entire editorial in that letter, but I'm burned out.

Oh, and when LKM comes into this one, YOU take him this time. =;)

LKM:
Oh, and when LKM comes into this one, YOU take him this time. =;)

Meh. Now I have to write something :-)

  • I think the V-Chip-idea is great. Didn't know the Xbox had anything like it. Maybe it should be made more obvious. Either way I still think shops shouldn't sell overly violent games to children.
  • I think the discussion about the "sex game" in GTA is absurd to the max. You can't play it without special equipment or downloaded hacks, and it's in no way worse than any of the other stuff in the game. In fact, it's utterly hilarious. Clothed polygon guy humping clothed polygon girl, OMG WTF BBQ. Either way, Rockstar really fucked that one up with their weird press release.
  • I also think Hillary should be impeaching Bush instead of introducing dubious new laws.

There, that wasn't too hard, now was it? :-)

I Have been meaning to write about a video game v-chip, maybe I will get to it this week.

I also think that these politicians, who are doing nothing but trying to gain support for upcoming elections (yes you, Hillary) are making an absolute ass of them selves when they say things like "We should all be deeply disturbed that a game which now permits the simulation of lewd sexual acts in an interactive format with highly realistic graphics has fallen into the hands of young people across the country."

She has obviously never seen this game, in person. Or the Hot Coffee mod, in person.

But they do this all the time, I am not suprised any more.

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